On one level the masked ball is a way to get Romeo to meet Juliet. The ball would also have been something that Elizabethan audiences would have enjoyed for the costumes and a glimpse of upper class life. In both films that we watched it provides a musical interlude and a break from the violence. We also see that when there are clear rules of behaviour both families can co-exist.
We have talked a lot about identity lately and the masked ball shows us that if the family name is taken away that Romeo and Juliet can fall in love like any other teenagers. The masks help us to understand that.
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